Bourbon Vanilla

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Black Tea
Chinese Black Tea, Vanilla
Cream, Malt, Vanilla
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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 3 g 8 oz / 235 ml

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  • “When one woman’s ick is another woman’s nom, it’s awesome that we can share. fleurdelily didn’t care for this one, and although it’s far from my Perfect Vanilla Black, I can guarantee that it will...” Read full tasting note
  • “This wouldn’t be at the top of my vanilla tea list. It’s good and I won’t turn down a cup, but neither is it something I’ll reach for over other vanillas like Harney’s Vanilla Comoro. I don’t cook...” Read full tasting note
  • “Finally, after reading how much everyone seems to love Kusmi, I am getting a chance to try this thanks to Angrboda! I found this is the sample package from our swap! I was super excited to try it!...” Read full tasting note
  • “I think I’m in the minority in really kind of liking the black base that Kusmi uses. It’s more brisk and potent than a lot of others, without becoming offensive or overwhelming. The vanilla adds a...” Read full tasting note

From Kusmi Tea

Those who have a sweet tooth will enjoy this Chinese black tea flavored with Bourbon Vanilla from Madagascar.

We suggest to enjoy this tea during the afternoon.
Main flavor: Bourbon Vanilla

Origin: China
Main Flavor: Bourbon Vanilla
Quantity Needed: 0,1 oz.

Time of Day: Afternoon
Ideal Water Temperature: 85°C – 90°C
Recommended Brewing Time: 3-4 Min

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612 tasting notes

Another freebie sample from Nicole, yay! Thanks.

Smells great. The body and flavor on this is initially quite thin, almost watery, and at first I felt disappointed…but oddly after a few swallows a little surge of vanilla comes through all at once. And then after that, I notice if I sip a certain way, kind of “tighter”/a little slurpier, the body is actually satisfying and the flavor is good in brief, fleeting little jolts. Not bad. Not amazing in an easy-to-get way but definitely not bad. The delicate nature of it is kind of charming.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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30 tasting notes

Smells like green cocktail olives (which I hate) and tastes like wet cardboard. I adore Kusmi, and there are 8 tins on my countertop, but it seems I’ve found the one flavor I don’t like. I don’t get any vanilla out of this at all, and my overall impression is a tea made for someone who smokes. And possibly drinks hard liquor… or smokes a cigar… or likes wet cardboard…. lol, shrug

4 min, 45 sec

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794 tasting notes

I think this came by way of OMGsrsly and MissB but that was all the way back in 2015. It’s possibly too heavily flavoured, but I think it smells (and tastes less) close to it’s namesake. Adding milk turns it into a kind of vanilla perfume creamsicle.

Also, it resulted in this mother moment.

Mom: “This is so much better than teabags.”

Me: “But this came in a teabag.”

Mom: “I don’t understand.”

Flavors: Cream, Malt, Vanilla

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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2219 tasting notes

Om nom nom. This tea is just with cream, not eggnog. I bet it would be GREAT with eggnog.

But still, it’s tea. And I made it at work. And I’m drinking it while sitting on my computer looking busy during this super quiet holiday time. So that’s super exciting.

And I’ve been extended through January which is pretty rad. So there will be more work-tea-drinking in the future!

(2 tea bags in 16 oz water, hot water from the water filter system thing…)

2 min, 45 sec

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1474 tasting notes

Totally undrinkable. I dumped it. Hoping it’s just user error (I cleaned the teapot right before with white vinegar). This was so bad, I actually gagged.

Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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18 tasting notes

Purely vanilla.

Flavors: Vanilla

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

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4847 tasting notes


I like the level of vanilla flavoring to this one – it’s not hitting me over the head with vanilla flavor but, then again, that might not be the right approach for vanilla. I like this soft, silky vanilla flavor, and I like the richness of the black tea.

A pleasant afternoon tea.

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